Dyer Mountain stands largely undisturbed where the remote reaches of the far Northern Sierra meet the Cascade Mountains. Untouched by pavement, its vistas and habitat remind us of the importance of preserving these iconic landscapes and that when we work together to protect the places we love, development is never inevitable.
But it was almost very different. In 2000, developers secured approval of a massive 7,000-acre development plan calling for sprawling subdivisions with 4,000 houses, three golf courses, and a ski resort. It would have doubled the population of Lassen County.
And for a time many considered the deal done—Skiing magazine claimed the resort would be open in 2003, the 2009 Lonely Planet Guide to California touted a new 3,000 acre ski area “by the time you read this.”
Sierra Watch wasn’t convinced and, working with the local Mountain Meadows Conservancy, challenged their development rights in court. As litigation was pending the financial crisis struck and the developers and investors turned on one another.
The end result? No golf courses or subdivisions just mountains meadows and forests, and a new owner, Sierra Pacific Industries, who worked with Sierra Watch to formally scrap plans for all of that misguided development.